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Can heater light bulb alternatives
« on: December 19, 2013, 12:37:57 PM »
I recently built a can heater to regulate the temperature in my fermentation chamber on cold days. The can heater uses a 60 Watt incandescent light bulb as a heat source.

As of Jan 1 60 Watt bulbs can no longer be manufactured in or imported into the USA.

Any suggestions for alternatives? Many of the new efficient bulbs produce far less waste heat.

The 60 Watt bulbs will probably be around for a while.

Maybe I can replace with a heat lamp?

Just wondering what people think.

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2013, 01:16:48 PM »
this pi_ _ es me off in general

on topic though, i would just use a 40 watt bulb, or even two depending on your set up.
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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2013, 01:40:00 PM »
I use a 12"x8" 16 watt reptile heating pad hanging on the back wall of the chamber. 

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 01:46:04 PM »
A regular heating pad from the drug store is OK as long as it doesn't have an automatic shutoff circuit.
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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2013, 02:21:10 PM »
Stock up on 60W! 

I use an aquarium heater for Belgians.  It would probably work for your purposes although it might have to be placed into a water-filled container.
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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2013, 02:32:57 PM »
I really like this, it's worked great for a couple years now.

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2013, 04:17:45 PM »
Reptile and seed sprouting pads are cheap and work well.

I was always afraid of the paint can + light bulb method. Might be irrational.

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2013, 06:01:33 PM »

this pi_ _ es me off in general

on topic though, i would just use a 40 watt bulb, or even two depending on your set up.

The 40 Watt bulbs will also be gone.

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2013, 06:05:53 PM »

I really like this, it's worked great for a couple years now.

ceramic reptile heat bulb

This looks like a good option. Thanks!

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013, 06:06:57 PM »

Reptile and seed sprouting pads are cheap and work well.

I was always afraid of the paint can + light bulb method. Might be irrational.

I like the can heater. I built it in about 20 minutes and it works very well. Just don't touch the can while it is on. It is very hot.

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2013, 12:16:49 PM »
Incandescent bulbs aren't going away entirely, just the inefficient ones.  Unfortunately, the inefficiency is something we homebrewers rely on; we want that heat energy that in most lighting applications is wasted.  With the newer incandescents, you'll likely need to up the wattage.  You don't need much to begin with, though; I use 40-W bulbs now.

Alternate suggestion: replace all the incandescents in your parents' house with CFLs or LEDs, save them money on their energy bill, you look like a good kid, and you get a lifetime supply of fermentation chamber heating elements. :-)

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2013, 02:57:55 PM »
I'd go and buy a crapload of 60w bulbs. 

And this new rule kind of made me made as well.  But that commercial that says if each household replaced just one bulb, it save enough energy for 3 millions home, it made me feel better. 

(I wonder if that is even true, though)

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2013, 03:37:24 PM »
As I have added more fridges and freezers, we replaced incandescent with CFLs. With the kitchen redo, we went LCD in there along with more efficient appliances. Utility bill is about the same, but now I have 3fridges, one chest freezer and a dorm fridge kegerator.


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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2013, 04:03:41 PM »
With the kitchen redo, we went LCD

I went with halogen.  Didn't give it a lot of thought until recently...

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Re: Can heater light bulb alternatives
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2013, 04:11:44 PM »
I have a secret stash of 100s. Enough to light my shop for about ten years.

I use a non auto shut off heat pad. Works great. I need to get a backup though, before they are banned too.